Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Teacher Subway Art

As many of you know, I have recently moved to a brand new school in my district.  The energy is amazing, everyone is so positive and I am SO excited! My team (and everyone) has been so flexible and wonderful! I am honored to work with them. I  wanted to show my appreciation for them and wish them good luck on their first day of school (I don't start for another 3 weeks because I'm on D Track *year-round school*).

So... I made them some subway art.  Each color scheme matches  their classroom theme! {frames are from IKEA}

There are 5  color schemes to pick from!  They are made in 8X10 size, but if you go to print set-up you can scale it down by changing the 100% to make it smaller or bigger.  I used Ikea frames. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

All About Me - 24 Beginning of the Year Writing Activities for Back to School

I'm starting feel a little sad that the month of July is winding down. I love summer and everything about it. However, there is something inside of me that is so excited to go back to school too!!
 Fresh markers, new bulletin boards, and a brand new batch of  students!! Sooooooooo exciting!!!

Here is a little something that also might help you get really excited about going back to school. A 24 page resource of writing activities perfect for the beginning of the school year.
{Recommended for grades 3-6}

This download contains 24 different writing activities that will help you get to know your students and their individual personalities and interests. Your students will love coming back to school and getting to know their classmates as they complete these fun writing activities. Each page would also make a great bulletin board in your classroom or hallway!

Here is what is all included in the download:

-Notes to the Teacher
-Table of Contents
-Student Examples
-Cover Page for Book
-A Story About Me
-All About Me
-Self Portrait
-Get to Know Me
-My Bio Poem
-My Autobiography 
-Hello, My Name Is...
-My Fact Sheet
-The ABC’s of Me
-A Picture of My Family
-When I Grow Up
-3 Things I Want My Teacher to Know
-Interest Inventory
-Reading Survey
-My Handwriting Sample
-My Summer Vacation 1
-My Summer Vacation 2
-My Summer Vacation 3
-1st Day of School
-“Because I’m Happy”
-If I Were a Flavor of Ice Cream…
-I Like Learning About…
-Which Color Best Describes Me?
-Get to Know Your Neighbor
-Thank You and Credits Page 

(A small sample of some cute student examples!)

 Here are some ways to use these writing pages:

  • Choose a few templates for students to work on during the 1st day of school. When completed, do some whole class, small group, or partner get-to-know-activities.

  • Bind (or staple) these pages into a booklet. Students can keep them in their desk and work on them during writing time or as a self-start each morning. 

  • Fast finishers – Students can use these pages for the months of Aug and Sept. It’s a fun and engaging activity for your fast finishers and higher achieving students.

  • Hang their pages in the hall or on a bulletin board! Your students will love seeing their work displayed in the classroom!

  • Save the completed pages and have students re-do them at the end of the year. They will make a great "time capsule" and it will be fun to see how much your students have changed throughout the year. 

This packet is available in my TeachersPayTeachers store

What makes you excited about 
going back to school?
Leave a comment 
and tell me a few of your
favorite things.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

"Must Haves" for Back to School! {SALE}

We are still celebrating the Christmas in July sale and today we have some special products to share with you. These are all things that are PERFECT for back to school! 

20% off! :)

Behavior Management Must Haves:

A fun book to teach and review classroom expectations.

Create a positive and fun learning environment in your classroom with these monthly awards.

A personal way for students to track their own behavior.

This 3 step behavior system will help your students become accountable for their own behavior.

Class Decor and Bulletin Boards Must Haves:

Add some chevron flair to the front of your classroom with these alphabet, number, and color posters.

A fun and colorful way system for assigning class jobs. 
Read more here: Primary Chevron Class Job Chart
{Also available in Pastel Chevron and Rainbow Colors}

A cute beginning of year bulletin board activity.
Read more here: This Year Will Be T-RRIFIC

Curriculum Must Haves:

Everything you need to make a whole years worth of journals for your students.

15 spelling actitivies to help your students practice their spelling independently.
Read more here: 1-2-3 Spell With Me

Your class will love learning about all kinds of animals with these animal research reports.

This 39 page resource will guide you through the entire US History social studies curriculum!

Fun Stuff:

Get your students excited about handwriting.

Be prepared and organized for a substitutue!
Read more here: Substitute Survival Kit

An awesome system for setting up your Guided Reading program!

Jazz up your newsletters and parent notes with this back to school clip art set.
Read more here: Schoolhouse Clipart Set

All of the resources seen here will be on sale for the next two days (Thursday and Friday) for 20% off. Get your school year ready by using some of these fabulous resources!!

P.S. Our friend Melonheadz Illustrating is having a Pioneer Day (state holiday in Utah) Giveaway!! Check it out and win some fun made-in-Utah prizes!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Personal Clip Chart and Behavior Management Plan

When it comes to behavior management in our classrooms, we are all different.  What works in my classroom might not work in yours. No judgements here.  I've used the "pull card" system since I started teaching.  It's worked for me and it's been fine, but I am ready for a change. I've always loved clip charts because they are cuter...haha! WELL- actually I wanted my students to be accountable for their behavior on more of a personal level and I didn't want it displayed in the classroom for all to see (if you do display it, THAT IS OK! I promise!).  So... I decided to make personal clip charts for my students and I thought I'd share them with you!

I have my students keep their personal clip chart UNDER their desks (I use magnet tape on the back with a piece of book tape over it for durability and they magnetize the chart on the bottom of their desks)!  I bought mini clothespins on Amazon

This personal clip chart will help your students stay accountable for their behavior (all while keeping it personal and not displaying it for all to see). This pack expands past just the clip chart and provides you with a whole behavior plan!

This pack includes:

*Personal Clip Charts (3 versions)- Customizable
*Behavior Report (student)- Full page
*Behavior Report (student)- Half page
*Behavior Report (teacher)- Customizable
*Student Behavior Report Binder Cover
*Red Clip Report Form
*Behavior Plan Note (4 versions)- Customizable
*Behavior Punch Cards

You can check it out {here}

Also.....  We've got a few different things on sale (3 days) for Christmas in July!

It's all about MATH!!!!


Saturday, July 19, 2014

3rd Annual Teacher Blogger Meet Up Linky!!! {And a Special Giveaway!}


Our Teacher Blogger Meet Up was a HUGE success!! It was loud, it was crazy, and it was a completely full house, but that didn't stop us from having an incredibly fun time. 

We took over 200 pictures of the event and there's no way to showcase them all, but here are a few snapshots of the night.

It was so fun getting to meet some of our online bloggy friends for the very first time! Plus, we got to meet so many teachers from all over the country - we even had teachers from across the world!!
(Shout out to our friends from Spain and Australia!)

*To see more pictures from the meet up, visit the 

Here are the wonderful ladies who made this meet up possible and helped us line up such amazing sponsors.

(Not pictured: Kathleen Pedersen)

Besides meeting such amazing bloggers and teachers, the best part of the meet up was all of the amazing prizes that were donated from our sponsors! 

Here are all of our generous friends who offered prizes for our meet up:


Thank you to everyone who came to this event! We appreciate everyone who was able to come and mingle with us. We're already thinking about next year's meet up, so start saving your money for next year's Vegas meet up!!

Feeling sad that you couldn't join us this you? Wishing you could win some of these fabulous surprises? 

Well... as a special treat, we are giving away two gift cards from  another awesome sponsor! Erin Condren has donated two $50 gift cards! Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win!

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Did you attend the Meet Up? 
Have you blogged about it?
If so, please add your link to the linky below! We'd love to read about everyone's experiences and fun memories of the night!

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